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Father who allegedly slit children’s throats found hanged

Police say the man's body was found in a yard in Phomolong.

FILE. Police say the man's body was found with no visible wounds. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police have confirmed they found the body of a man suspected of killing his son and daughter and stabbing his wife in Phomolong.

Police say Tshepo Majola's body was found in a yard in Phomolong with no visible wounds and it appears he may have hanged himself.

His wife is in a serious condition in hospital.

Their two children, aged five and two, died at their home near Tembisa.

It's believed Majola slit their throats.

The police's Tsekiso Mofokeng says they're investigating a case of double murder, attempted murder and suicide.

"He went to the place where he resides with the kids, where he stabbed them to death by cutting their throats. He left them in the house and went to a shebeen and found the mother and stabbed her on her upper body."

Meanwhile, Majola's family say there were no signs he was a violent person.

Family members have gathered at the Majola home saying they are shocked at what happened.

His cousin, Andries Mhlabe, says Majola arrived at his mother's home last night where his children were playing with others and took them into the house.

He says Majola came out but the children didn't.

"My little brother received a call from him saying 'go to my room and see what happened'. When found the children dead with their throats cut and it was terrible."

Police say Majola then went to a local shebeen where he stabbed his wife.

His body was found at a neighbour's back yard this morning.

SIMILAR CASES

Earlier this month a man accused of murdering his wife and their two teenage children was denied bail in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrates Court.

The three were shot dead inside their Vanderbijlpark home.

Fanie du Preez is facing charges of premeditated murder after he initially claimed two robbers had killed his family while he was outside the house.

Meanwhile, a memorial service will be held in Katlehong today for two sisters and a seven-month-old baby, who were stabbed and drowned in a tub of boiling water.

Their two cousins were arrested for the murders on Monday and are expected to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court next week.